Recall: Happy Mouth Wire Mouth Bits for Horses
On 2012-05-31, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Happy Mouth Wire Mouth Bits for Horses due to a potential fall hazard. This product sold new beginning in July 2003 for about $30 to $51.
About 3,000 units are involved in this English Riding Supply mouth bit recall. Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Horseback Riding category in 2012.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (866) 569-1600
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What is the problem?
The steel braided wire in the mouthpiece that connects the bit on either side of the horse's cheeks can become frayed, rusted or worn, which can cause the bit to break. If this happens, the rider can lose control and fall from the horse.
Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves eight models of Happy Mouth wire mouth bits used with a bridle in horseback riding. The bits involved in this recall have steel braided wire running through the plastic mouthpiece and most with a metal ring on each end. Model numbers included in the recall are listed below. Model numbers can be found on a label attached to the product. "Happy Mouth" is engraved on the plastic mouthpiece.
Model numbers included in this recall:
- 462172SS: Roller Mouth Full Cheek
- 462177SS: Roller Mouth Loose Ring
- 462181SS: Pessoa 3-Ring Roller Mouth Gag
- 462184SS: Pessoa 2-Ring Roller Mouth Gag
- 464123SS: Boucher Roller Mouth
- 466898SS: Western Center Peanut Mouth w/ Ring
- 466904SS: Western Center Peanut Bar Mouth w/ Shank
- 467248SS: Pro King D Center Peanut Mouth
These items were sold new+ at Equestrian riding stores, tack shops, saddlery dealers nationwide, through mail order and by online equestrian retailers from July 2003 through April 2012 for between $30 and $51.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop using these bits and return them to the retailer where purchased or return the bits directly to English Riding Supply for a refund.
For additional information, please contact English Riding Supply toll-free at (866)569-1600 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.englishridingsupply.com. Consumers can also email the firm at email@example.com
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm has received four reports of wire bits that have broken and resulted in reports of injuries including broken and fractured bones, bruises and back pain from falls.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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